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Trying times for Karlshamns, 2004 brighter?

Swedish oils and fats company sees profit slip as the weight of tighter margins, increased competition and a strong Swedish kroner bears down. Profit for...

IFF: new wins plug the downwards trend

New flavour wins in Latin America went some way to offsetting weaker customer demand acutely felt in the US, but top line performance for the...

People changes

Leading cocoa and soybean processor ADM is making a few changes in Europe announcing two new appointments at its product support and development (PSD) Centre...

Carrefour loses interest in Brazilian bid

Carrefour has pulled out of the bidding race for the Brazilian assets of the troubled Ahold group, preferring instead to pursue its own new store...

Expansion for textured wheat proteins

Growth is ahead of schedule for wheat-based ingredients supplier MGP Ingredients with the Kansas-based company moving expansion of its textured wheat proteins to phase two...

AACC awards General Mills director

Cereal scientists have honoured a longtime employee of food processing giant General Mills with one of the highest awards from the American Association of Cereal...

Unilever, Wrigley fall foul of European courts

The European courts have delivered a double whammy to the food industry with rulings against both ice cream maker Unilever and gum manufacturer Wrigley. The...

Casino's relentless growth continues

Carrefour may be the pace setter in the French food retail market, but Casino is more than capable of keeping up with its larger rival,...

Digesting food safety

Stating the obvious perhaps, keeping food safe for consumers is undeniably a key priority for the food industry and governments alike. European funds are being...

Ireland backs CAP and welcomes competition

A settled policy environment is in store for Irish farmers following reform to the EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and imminent decoupling, said Jim Flanagan...

Delhaize to quit Singapore?

Belgian retail group Delhaize has had a troubled year, with poor sales at its US operations in particular weighing heavily on its results. The chain...

Earnings rise in 3Q for corn ingredients

Meeting targets for the year, US ingredients company Corn Products International brushes off a tougher economic climate to post a solid set of third quarter...

German compromise fails to convince Commission

Hopes that a compromise thrashed out last month over Germany's controversial deposit scheme for one-way packaging would satisfy the European Commission were dashed yesterday when...

Degussa restructures and takes €500m charge

Germany's third-largest chemicals company Degussa has taken a €500 million charge in its fine chemicals business unit as it continues to feel the impact of...

A road map to droplet shapes

Improving the texture of food products through a new emulsification technology is the focus of a recently launched EU-funded project that will concentrate in particular...

Sweeteners vs. sugar in the battle of the palate

Which do we prefer - the light or full-on version? Food scientists investigating sweeteners in soft drinks find the consumer palate might be perverse, preferring...

Co-op says no to GM

With the ink still wet on the latest revelations about genetically modified crops in the UK, one of the nation's biggest farmers and retailers has...

Green still interested in Safeway?

Philip Green, the retail entrepreneur has been particularly quiet about a potential bid for the Safeway chain in the UK in recent weeks, but he...

Sustaining the coffee world

As trading nations get to grips with globalisation in the 21st century the issue of sustainability is increasingly compounded for commodities on today's market. Nowhere...

French industry keen to avoid German mistakes

French legislators are preparing new regulations on the recycling of packaging waste, with the first set of proposals expected early in the new year. But...

Retailers have their say in labelling debate

European Commission proposals governing health claims on food labels have been a bone of contention for the food industry since even before they were unveiled...

Smucker in a jam?

Labelling issues have come to the fore for US jam maker JM Smucker with a Californian woman suing the company over 'Simply 100 Per Cent...

Starch rises hit the market

The pressure of rising raw material prices continues to challenge ingredients companies with Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) subsidiary National Starch this week announcing a hike...

Threshers pushes petrol station business

With legislators clamping down more heavily than ever on drink driving in the UK, the news that leading drinks retailer Threshers is to open more...

Major price cuts at Albert Heijn

Albert Heijn, the flagship store chain of the embattled Ahold group, is to slash the prices of a wide range of food products from today....

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